Carbonnades a la Flamande…Le Creuset Doufeu Cooking

by doughmesstic on February 6, 2012

in Giveaways, Main Dish

Carbonnades a la Flamande.

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That’s a little fancy sounding for Doughmesstic, isn’t it?

Don’t worry, it’s not.  It’s beef, braised in beer.  There are also onions, some new potatoes, and carrots,too, rounding out a pot roast unlike any other.

I made mine in Le Creuset’s GORGEOUS Doufeu.

Have you seen this incredible creature?  It’s stunning (well, it IS Le Creuset, after all), and the idea behind it couldn’t be more ingenious.  While your standard French Oven is oval, with an oval lid, the doufeu differs in that the lid isn’t domed.  Instead, there is an indention – a bowl of sorts – in the enameled cast iron lid.  Fill it with ice, and as the stew simmers, the ice melts, causing condensation that self-bastes your dinner.

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I know, right??

This means less liquid is needed in your sauce in order to cook, resulting in more flavor versus more water.  It also means juicy, succulent meat.  Perfectly done vegetables, no mushy potatoes, no overcooked carrots.

I may never cook in anything else.

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Carbonnades a la Flamande…Le Creuset Doufeu Cooking

Rating: 41

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 2 hours, 35 minutes

Total Time: 3 hours

Yield: 6-8 servings

Carbonnades a la Flamande…Le Creuset Doufeu Cooking

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds sirloin, cut into pieces
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 sweet onions, chopped
  • 12 ounces sliced mushrooms
  • 12 ounces beer (I used lager)
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 3 teaspoons Worchestershire Sauce
  • 1/2 cup cream
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 4 large carrots, cut into pieces
  • 10-12 new potatoes, halved if large

Instructions

  1. Heat oil in doufeu over medium heat. Brown meat a few pieces at a time. Do not crowd the meat or it will not brown properly. Remove from heat as browned and repeat until all has been browned.
  2. Saute the onions and mushrooms in the same doufeu, until onions are translucent. Add beer to deglaze the pot, scraping brown bits from bottom of the doufeu.
  3. Return meat to pot and add seasonings, Worchestershire, cream, and butter. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 2 hours or more. In the lid of the doufeu, add cubed ice.
  4. After 2 hours (or enough time to tenderize meat), Remove melted ice water from doufeu. Taste and season as needed. Add vegetables and simmer for 25 more minutes, until tender. Serve and enjoy!
http://doughmesstic.com/2012/02/06/carbonnades-a-la-flamandele-creuset-doufeu-cooking/

The Giveaway

I’m sure you know I wouldn’t introduce you to something so stunning without offering to GIVE YOU ONE, right?

Of course I wouldn’t.

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imageSo Happy Valentine’s Day, just a little early.

If you want to win a Doufeu from Le Creuset, valued at $490, tell me this.  What color would you want?  Me, I have Ocean. It’s far and away my favorite Le Creuset color.  Just scoot over to the LC webpage and choose – there are 4 colors.  None are wrong.  Now, leave me a comment, and you are entered to win.

You want multiple chances to win though, right?

Share this post on Facebook, for one chance to win.  Just be sure to come back here and comment, letting me know you did.

For another chance, Tweet the link to this post.  Again, return, and let me know you did – I’m not psychic!

For a third and fourth chance, please Fan Le Creuset on Facebook and/or Follow them on Twitter.  Each one counts, so that’s two additional chances, just be sure to comment for each one you do.

So there are FOUR MORE chances!

I highly recommend Following doughmesstic on Twitter and becoming a Fan on Facebook as well, as I have this tendency to throw bonus entries out via those two…so it can’t hurt!

Contest is open to addresses in the US only, and closes at 11:59pm on February 10, 2012.  Prize is supplied and shipped by Le Creuset. I was supplied one to review, but was NOT paid for this post, and all opinions are my own.

{ 434 comments… read them below or add one }

Debbie February 8, 2012 at 5:04 pm

I am following Le Creuset on twitter.

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Debbie February 8, 2012 at 5:04 pm

I am a fan of Le Creuset on fb.

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Christy February 8, 2012 at 5:07 pm

I posted on FB.

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Christy February 8, 2012 at 5:10 pm

I liked le creuset on FB.

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Melanie Stallings February 8, 2012 at 5:13 pm

Liked Le Creuset on FB

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Jodie February 8, 2012 at 5:20 pm

The Ocean colored one is my fave!

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Megan Gaddis February 8, 2012 at 5:26 pm

I want it in Cobalt… badly… but the red would brighten things up… Pick me and I promise I’ll choose :-)

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Megan Gaddis February 8, 2012 at 5:27 pm

I liked LC on Facebook :-)

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Melissa P February 8, 2012 at 5:36 pm

I’d have to go with the red. I have 2 of their pots, both in red, and I love love LOVE them!

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Melissa P February 8, 2012 at 5:37 pm

I’m now an official LC fan on FB!

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Kelli February 8, 2012 at 5:58 pm

The cherry one is awesome!

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Jenne February 8, 2012 at 6:03 pm

Would love to have it in FLAME!

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Jenne February 8, 2012 at 6:06 pm

I retweeted about the giveaway from @MooshuJenne

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Jenne February 8, 2012 at 6:07 pm

I am a fan of Le Creuset on Facebook

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Jenne February 8, 2012 at 6:07 pm

I follow Le Creuset on Twitter

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I shared this post on Facebook and you can see it here. http://www.facebook.com/jennekopalek

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Loree Shine February 8, 2012 at 6:24 pm

Just posted to FB..
Now on to Twitter

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Loree Shine February 8, 2012 at 6:31 pm

Following Le Creuset on Twitter

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Loree Shine February 8, 2012 at 6:32 pm

following you on Twitter now too!

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Loree Shine February 8, 2012 at 6:33 pm

I would really love the colbalt..but I would take anything Le Creuset

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Desirae February 8, 2012 at 7:03 pm

I like Cherry, I shared on FB, and I liked Le Creuset!

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Elissa February 8, 2012 at 8:56 pm

I follow Le Creuset on Twitter

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Allison W February 8, 2012 at 9:09 pm

Since green is my favorite color I’m in love with the Ocean color!

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Allison W February 8, 2012 at 9:09 pm

I’m now a fan of Le Creuset on Facebook

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Bunnyfreak February 8, 2012 at 9:48 pm

Shared on twitter (buckeyecub)

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Bunnyfreak February 8, 2012 at 9:48 pm

I would choose cobalt.

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Micaela P. February 8, 2012 at 11:10 pm

I want the Flame Doufeu because that’s the one my great-aunt had :)

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Micaela P. February 8, 2012 at 11:11 pm

I’m a fan of Le Creuset on Facebook

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denise r February 8, 2012 at 11:43 pm

Im a FB fan of Le Creuset

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denise r February 8, 2012 at 11:44 pm

I shared on FB too

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denise r February 8, 2012 at 11:45 pm

I would choose cobalt

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Ann Smith February 9, 2012 at 12:07 am

Love the ocean color too!

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Heidi Leanne February 9, 2012 at 12:30 am

I love the cherry. Soo dreamy.

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Ann Smith February 9, 2012 at 1:31 am

I am a LE Creuset Facebook fan!

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Meghan February 9, 2012 at 9:04 am

Red!! I would love it to match the kitchen

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Meghan February 9, 2012 at 9:05 am

I tweeted!

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Lauren @ From Everyday To Gourmet February 9, 2012 at 9:30 am

ooOoOo, I want this in Ocean!!

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Lauren @ From Everyday To Gourmet February 9, 2012 at 9:31 am

I follow LC on Twitter.

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Lauren @ From Everyday To Gourmet February 9, 2012 at 9:32 am

I posted on FB.

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Lauren @ From Everyday To Gourmet February 9, 2012 at 9:35 am

I tweeted :)

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Lauren @ From Everyday To Gourmet February 9, 2012 at 9:35 am

I follow LC on Facebook.

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Brian @ A Thought For Food February 9, 2012 at 10:55 pm

I have my eye on the ocean… what a fabulous color!

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Mary C February 9, 2012 at 11:09 pm

I want the cobalt one!

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Mary C February 9, 2012 at 11:11 pm

I liked your page on Facebook.

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Jackie February 9, 2012 at 11:11 pm

The dark red would go great with my two cherry Dutch ovens!

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Mary C February 9, 2012 at 11:12 pm

I liked Le Creuset on Facebook.

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Jackie February 9, 2012 at 11:13 pm

I follow LC on fb.

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Mary C February 9, 2012 at 11:14 pm

I tweeted the link to this post.

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Jackie February 9, 2012 at 11:14 pm

I follow LCD on twitter.

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Jackie February 9, 2012 at 11:16 pm

I tweeted!

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